HamCram study offered
Peter Moore says ham radio is like fishing.
“You put across a call, you might get a response or you might not. If you get a call you can reply and talk about anything such as weather or emergencies.
“My wife Jenny says I’m on the radio 24/7 talking a lot of rubbish,” said Peter laughing.
He grew up in the UK and was 10 when he started the hobby collecting old radios and converting them.
“It is my hobby and now with my new state-of-the-art, software-defined radio, I use the computer to generate information and tones which I can transmit globally through the antenna.”
Sixty-four years later he’s on the other side of the world and talking to people back in the UK.
Peter is a member of amateur radio emergency communications in New Zealand that also supports police and Civil Defence during emergencies.
“We give our services freely and have a pool of operators who go to support the police and Civil Defence to help them operate their radios in times of emergencies or search and rescue exercises.”
He noted that in the case of emergencies amateur radio operators are allowed to transmit information to repeater systems anywhere in the world, unlike the radio stations that are assigned one channel only.
Peter is also a member of the Manawatu¯ Amateur Radio Society Club, which is currently working with the Whanganui club to bring more people on board.
The clubs are offering a self-study programme called HamCram which includes an amateur radio operator’s certificate exam.
Peter also explained the nature of the upcoming hamcram exam and said it will be much easier than it used to be.
“It is not going to be as technical as it used to be in my time when you have to draw a diagram and explain how it works.
“The word ‘cram’ in hamcram acronym is to say that candidates are expected to cram a lot within a short period and write exams in two days.
“Whereas the term ‘ham’ was coined in the 1920s by Americans who called us hams instead of amateurs,” said Peter.
Entries are open until September 30 for those who want to tap into the fun of electronics and digital technologies in amateur radio operation.
Successful candidates will be given unique call signs and can operate radio equipment capable of international and space-based communication any time.
HAM radio hobbyist Peter Moore poised for the next call.